RHOADS USING PETTY DISTRACTIONS IN CASE AGAINST CHANG
HONOLULU—Hawaii Republican Party Executive Director Dylan Nonaka released the following statement in reaction to the lawsuit filed today by Lynne Matusow and Anthony Y. Chang against Republican candidate David Chang:
"It is sad that Karl Rhoads and his supporters want to focus on petty political distractions instead of the issues facing the 28th district.
“People of House District 28th should know who the ‘residents’ filing these petty complaints are. Lynne Matusow is an Oahu County Democratic Party official who has developed a habit of filing complaints against Mr. Chang to distract the campaign away from Karl Rhoads’ record of raising taxes and hurting small business. Anthony Chang is a former staffer at the Democratic Party who was paid to do one of the dirtiest jobs in politics-- follow opposing candidates around with a video camera. These people are not concerned residents and this is not an honest complaint.
“The State Office of Elections has already ruled that this complaint has no merit. It makes you wonder how desperate the Rhoads campaign has to be to continue to pursue this baseless case.
“David Chang will win this election on the streets and doorsteps of the voters of his district, it is disappointing that Karl Rhoads wants to try and win it in a court room."
STATEMENT BY DAVID CHANG
I am proud to be running for the State House of Representative in District 28 (Downtown, Chinatown, Palama & Lower Makiki).
I am disappointed that supporters of my opponent are trying to use legal maneuvers to stop my candidacy. They have filed a frivolous lawsuit less than five weeks before the election challenging my residency in our district.
The Hawaii State Office of Elections has clearly ruled that I am a qualified candidate. I have lived in the district since I returned from active duty service in the army. It was a privilege to serve my country as a military officer during the Iraq War. I risked my life to guarantee our democratic principles and freedoms, including the right to run for office. It is disheartening that this right is being attacked by my opponent’s partisan supporters.
This campaign for the State House should be addressing the important priorities that voters care about…the economy, education, crime and the high cost of living. That is why I am running for office.
I am confident the state court will uphold the decision of the Office of Elections. And I look forward to spending the next 40 days talking about the issues.
David S.Y. Chang
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